Autumn is often overlooked with the excitement of Christmas but there is much to look forward to in NewcastleGateshead and the North East. The arrival of Autumn brings plans for October half term, Halloween and bonfire night.

Visitors searching for things to do with the kids in Newcastle and the North East during October half term will not be short of activities. Whether it is pumpkin carving you're after or a chance to get creative, many of the top attractions and venues in the region have a packed family programme to cover two weeks of school holidays and are guaranteed to keep everyone happy.

Autumn things to do in Newcastle with the kids

Check out some of our top things to do with the kids during October half term:

October Half Term at Life Science Centre

Fri 19 October - Sun 3 November 2019

You're in for a two-week (trick or) treat at Life Science Centre this October Half Term. Families can get hands-on at the major science attraction and get gory, crafty and gooey as well as uncover some of the mysteries of science with their team. Families can be transported to another dimension with the launch of Life Science Centre’s brand-new Space Zone which opens on Saturday 26 October 2019.

Spooky Belsay Hall

Sat 26 October – Sun 3 November 2019

Belsay Hall and Garden in Northumberland are looking for the best-dressed witches and wizards. Head to the English Heritage venue and go on a wicked witch-themed quest as well as making a creepy craft to take home.

Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt at Great North Museum: Hancock

Sat 19 October – Sun 3 November 2019

Great North Museum: Hancock is a must-visit attraction in Newcastle for families. The free museum is packed with artefacts, fascinating objects and riddled with discoveries. During October half term, kids can collect an activity sheet and join the hunt for Wally around the museum. That’s not all, listen to some seriously spooky stories, meet the street scientists and get your hands on some real-life creepy crawlies at events that are taking place throughout the two-week period.

Halloween Evenings at Beamish Museum

Limited availability – advanced booking essential.

Tickets available for Wed 23, Fri 25 and Wed 30 October 2019.

Beamish Museum bring back their popular Halloween evenings this October and they are truly spooky evenings. Wander the vast grounds and buildings of the historic attraction and be ready to stumble upon tricks and treats at every corner.

Beamish Museum is a brilliant and award-winning attraction for all the family. Spend a few hours (or days) during October half term and discover living history from Victorian schools and pit village to 1950s games in their new Welfare Centre.

Ghost Tours and Bone-Jangling Events at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books

Sat 19 October - Sun 3 November 2019

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books can be found in the heart of Ouseburn. Take a wander through their excellent exhibitions, browse their well-stocked bookshop and relax a while with a cup of tea in their café. During October half term, families looking for things to do with the kids in Newcastle can bust some moves at Seven Stories bone-jangling Spooky Jazz Party or head on a Ghost Tour of Seven Stories’ historic building to discover who may once have lived there.  

Star Wars Craft and Big Family Space Travel at Sage Gateshead

Sat 19 – Sun 27 October 2019

Drop into Sage Gateshead and get crafty on their concourse overlooking the stunning Quayside. Families can take part in free craft sessions and make a Star Wars inspired space craft every day from 11am. On Saturday 26 October, Sage Gateshead will take you and your family on a journey that is out of this world. Join their friendly, live musicians (space travellers) for an hour of music and dance. Tickets are available to purchase in advance.

Go on an Elmer Trail

Available all the time (until Friday 1 November)

Head out on the hunt for Elmer and uncover more about our canny region while you’re searching. The Great North Elmer Parade is a vibrant and cheerful trail of individually designed and painted Elmer the Elephants. Pick it up when you’re going about your October half term activities in Newcastle and Gateshead or set aside time to follow the full trail. Which will be your favourite Elmer?

Spooky Night at the Discovery Museum

Thu 31 October 2019

Newcastle’s Discovery Museum is one of the North East’s brilliant must-see museums and can be found in an iconic 19th Century building which is steeped in over 120 years of history. Families can celebrate Halloween with a spooky night at the museum which includes creepy crafts and a devilish disco amongst other activities. Visitors can also drop in daily to Discovery Museum during half term and enjoy a range of hands-on activities for free as well as discover centuries of history in the museum.

The Alnwick Garden of Screams

The Ghoulish Garden: Sat 19 – Thu 31 October

The Garden of Screams: Sat 26 – Thu 31 October

The Alnwick Garden are dishing out some spooky thrills over Halloween if you dare step into their Ghoulish Garden or take a turn around the Garden of Screams. Expect to discover spooky creatures and skeletons on their garden trails. Take part in potion making and create your own wand to take home. The Garden of Screams is guaranteed to raise your heart rate and is advised for children over 12 years old.

Nauseating Nature at WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Throughout October

Get back to nature this October with WWT Washington Wetland Centre... but beware, there may be a few more tricks than treats awaiting families who are looking for activities during October half term! Get ready to learn horrid facts about nature and brave the sensory boxes to see what's inside when you take on Nauseating Nature.

Little Biscuits Get Arty at The Biscuit Factory  

Workshops take place on Tue 29 and Thu 31 October. Advance booking required.

Children are invited get creative and experiment with a variety of artistic techniques and materials when they take part in a range of workshops at The Biscuit Factory in Ouseburn, Newcastle during October half term. These creative sessions led by professional art teachers include lantern making, having a go at printing, experimenting with wire and a chance to create a cobweb tiara.

Piglet Petting, Calf Feeding and Pumpkin Carving at Ouseburn Farm

Tue 22 October - Sun 3 November 2019

Piglet Petting, Calf Feeding, Reptile Pampering and a Meet the Animals Tour - all activities available during October half term at Ouseburn Farm. Get down on the farm and hands on (you will have to act fast if you want to pet the piglets - sessions are booking up fast with these farmyard celebs). There is also chance to do some classic pumpkin carving at Ouseburn Farm too so get creative!

There are plenty of things to do in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East with the kids during October so so make sure to visit our What's On listings to find out more.

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